I have always been one of those who thought they could never go vegetarian or vegan. Or to care about animal testing. Or even think twice about the environment, global warming etc..Truth is I didn't want to care. I wanted to live in a careless world because one day I will die, so what's the point? Like I knew animals were being killed because I wanted that leatherbag (like my DVF bag). I knew chickens were being raised, abused and killed because I like their meat. I knew that Antarctic is melting because I just freaking love to have all the lights and electronic devices on all the time even though I don't need it. I didn't want to give a shit about any of this because global warming won't happen to me, and I can't see a future where I have children - so why should I care? Why should I care about other generations?
First of all. I want to give myself a proper hard slap in the face. What the hell was I thinking? For the last 24 hours I have been researching and reading my ass off. I'm far from done, but from what I've read - I'm freaking scared of human beings. We are one terrible piece of art. Basically (and ironically), when I was on the flight home from Vegas I was watching a few movies. One of them was Before the flood, I thought Hmm let me have a look, Leonardo DiCaprio is kind of hot. One and a half later I was sitting there. Shocked. How silly it may sund but that movie was what I needed. It was my game changer.
So thank you Leo for changing my mind about pretty much everything, and also for being very attractive.
Second of all. "Why should I care about other generations?" Slap in the face again - big time. Hello Jennifer, in case you forgot you have two younger siblings that means the world to you. You have an older sister who may have kids one day. Your best friend recently had a son. What abut them, eh? You may not care about yourself that much but they deserve all the best this would can give.
Third of all. Animals. When I was in Vegas I was looking at a coat. A coat made of bunny fur. Omg it's soo soft. Slap. In. My. Face. What did these cute little bunnies do to me? What if someone would slaughter me and my friends becuase someone wanted a nice coat. NO. Same with animal tested products. NO.
So after hours of reading today I look around in my room and in my drawers I feel sick. All those pretty MAC lipsticks, trendy Tom Ford fragrances, so very soft makeup brushes. All tested on animals. Even my freaking hair removal cream from Veet!!! How insane is that? Can you believe Veet actuallt paid an animal testing company to see how it reacted? How f*ucking sick isn't that? All the makeup I have is insane, and it used to be worse. DO I really need all this? No freaking way. I have at least 20 lipsticks, and do you know how many of these I actually use? Not more than three.
Am I gonna completly stop shopping now? No I am not. I am still human. But I am going to cut out alot of things. I won't support any animal tested products. Omg Jen you can't know all the brands that gave been tested on animals! Yes I can, it is this easy. And when it comes to clothes, shoes etc - just buy what I need. Do I really need that pair of high heels? No, I don't. At the moment I have at least 3 pair that still has the price tag. And when it comes to how things are made and how the employees rights and no child workers etc, is something I need to read more about.
Food. Bye meat, just bye. I'm not a big fan of meat. I only eat chicken because it's goot protein. I mostly eat prawns. With my lovely ignorance wall I've put up with for all these years I know this is bad, but I don't know why (more research). But bye. From today on I am going vegetarian. Will it be hard? I don't think so. I think it's just the habbit of chosing it in the lunch canteen or in the grocery store. And when it comes to palmoil? Sayo-freaking-nara. Why? Just watch this video.
I used to think well the product is already on the market so I might aswell buy it, it's not gonna make any difference. It does. A few years back, me and my family went to a chinese restaurant near where I used to live. They have this amazing mongolian buffet where they offer giant prawns, mhm how delicious I thought I put alot of it on my plate. My uncle made a comment about it, what I don't remember. And I said something like what I mentioned before "Well it's already there" and he said "It is about creating a demand of it". I still remember that. I have my new Chanel lipstick right beside my laptop - one of the ingredients is Ascorbyl palmitate (palm oil) and it has been tested on animals. And my new lovely pink color that I'm wearing on my nails has also been tested on animals. Yes, it was already on the counter - so why not buy it? Well, after it's gone from the counter they will need to order more from it. Other people will also buy it. More palm oil wll be used. More innocent animals will get hurt. Me plus you guys are creating a demand of this products which also sends a messages to the companies that we are absolutly fine with their bullshit. But no. No more.
Does this mean I will throw away all the products I have? No. I will probably use it. But I will not buy it again. And if I am posting a picture of my makeup or whatever then I will mention what product it is, explain why you should not buy it and what similar product there is instead.
I could write about this all night, but I will stop here - for today. There is soooo many things both you and I can change, and I will. It is such a cliche but everyone can do something. And we have to. Right now.